Humint Events Online: David Brooks Actually Writes a Sensible Column on Iraq

Sunday, August 28, 2005

David Brooks Actually Writes a Sensible Column on Iraq

Andrew Krepinevich is a careful, scholarly man. A graduate of West Point and a retired lieutenant colonel, his book, "The Army and Vietnam," is a classic on how to fight counterinsurgency warfare.

Over the past year or so he's been asking his friends and former colleagues in the military a few simple questions: Which of the several known strategies for fighting insurgents are you guys employing in Iraq? What metrics are you using to measure your progress?

The answers have been disturbing. There is no clear strategy. There are no clear metrics.
Basically, Krepinevich lays out a reasonable strategy for beating the insurgency-- although this should have been done from the fucking beginning.

Of course, I also like Gary Hart's piece a lot too-- on the failure of the Democrats in formulating an effective opposition to the Bush administration's Iraq policy:
The real defeatists today are not those protesting the war. The real defeatists are those in power and their silent supporters in the opposition party who are reduced to repeating "Stay the course" even when the course, whatever it now is, is light years away from the one originally undertaken. The truth is we're way off course. We've stumbled into a hornet's nest. We've weakened ourselves at home and in the world. We are less secure today than before this war began. Who now has the courage to say this?

Wes Clark also has a good piece on Iraq in the WashPost
The growing chorus of voices demanding a pullout should seriously alarm the Bush administration, because President Bush and his team are repeating the failure of Vietnam: failing to craft a realistic and effective policy and instead simply demanding that the American people show resolve. Resolve isn't enough to mend a flawed approach -- or to save the lives of our troops. If the administration won't adopt a winning strategy, then the American people will be justified in demanding that it bring our troops home.

Finally, Digby has a brilliant must-read post about Iraq, Bush and liberals: "Expecting Different Results".


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